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The tall ships Lady Washington (left, above) and Hawaiian Chieftain are bringing maritime adventures and environmental explorations to Anacortes next weekend and will be based here for nearly two weeks.

The Official Ship of the State of Washington and her companion ship will arrive with cannons blazing and tie up at Cap Sante Marina at approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 3. 

The ships have just completed appearances at Tall Ships Challenge events in Victoria, B.C., Tacoma, and Port Alberni, B.C. Anacortes will become a temporary base of operations for nearly two weeks as the crew hosts families, young people, and the general public for a variety of hands-on shipboard education opportunities.

While in Anacortes, the ships will run a family expedition sail. Participants will learn to set sail, stand watch, and take the helm of a replica 18th-century tall ship. At each remote stop, they’ll explore the island with trained naturalists. In the evening, participants discuss the expedition's findings and develop a plan for the next day. And there’ll be time for a day hike and a brisk swim.

The ships will be open for public tours on August 9 and 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days, $3 donation appreciated; Then in the afternoon, look for three hours of booming cannons and close-quarters maneuvers, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Parallel to the ships’ Anacortes/San Juan Islands activities, 27 young people from Grays Harbor County are participating in a Youth Adventure Program sponsored by the American Sail Training Association and Grays Harbor and Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which owns and operates the ships.

Each participant received a scholarship to join the program. They will work on personal goals, as well as the program goals of improved confidence, attitude, conflict resolution skills, discipline, and leadership ability.

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